Unreleased iPod Touch 5 With Chamfered Edges and 30-Pin Dock Connector Shared Online

Occasional leaker Mr White has today shared interesting images on Twitter of what appears to be an old-school fifth-generation iPod touch prototype with chamfered edges and a brushed aluminum finish.

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The original ‌iPod touch‌ 5 that Apple released in October 2012 had a unibody anodized aluminum chassis with rounded edges, and was available in several colors, including slate.

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Another interesting detail on the prototype, which lacks an Apple logo on the back, is the presence of a 30-pin dock connector, suggesting it was designed before Apple formally adopted Lightning.

Along with the iPhone 5, iPod nano (7th generation), and iPad (4th generation), the original ‌iPod touch‌ 5 was one of the first Apple devices to feature a Lightning port.

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The prototype also has the headphone jack bottom-right, whereas on the ‌iPod touch‌ 5 it was located on the left. Apple discontinued the ‌iPod touch‌ 5 in 2015.

We haven't heard of any rumors suggesting Apple has an upgraded ‌iPod touch‌ in the works. The current seventh-generation ‌iPod touch‌ was the result of a refresh in May 2019, and is currently the only product in Apple's iPod product line, following the discontinuation of the iPod nano and iPod shuffle in 2017.

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Top Rated Comments

yegon Avatar
8 months ago
hiPod

1TB, 3.5mm jack, DAC capable of High-Resolution Lossless

$999

£1,299

$4000 AUD

$5000 CAD
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himanshumodi Avatar
8 months ago
I actually started off with iPod touch long before I got an iPhone. It was an absolutely solid device. Did unbelievable amount of gaming on that... with what are now "classics" on the app store. Was an awesome gadget.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ian87w Avatar
8 months ago
So Apple actually thought of using the iPhone 4/4s design for the iPod touch. Interesting. I'm guessing it was too expensive to make.
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CarpalMac Avatar
8 months ago

They both look like they could have been released today, especially the left one
Is that because it is a timeless design though, or just that we've reached a state of device shape maturity which has barely seen any change in the last half dozen or so years?
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Spock Avatar
8 months ago

Good currency joke. But a lot of people would be interested in a high-end music player.
I’ve always joked that Apple should release an iPod with a high end DAC, headphone jack, lots of storage and a special music focused version of iOS. iPod Omega, the last iPod.
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Relentless Power Avatar
8 months ago
Interesting to see how far ahead the iPod touch was in 2012 with that body structure and overall size. It’s kind of unfortunate to see the iPod not what it once was anymore, given the popularity iPhone growth, but still a stout device that is the perfect companion for me in the gym, aside from the Apple Watch.
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